In today’s world, with germs lurking around every corner, the saying in a number of sports, including football and netball that defense is king should be our stronghold, for it pays to have a strong body defense. The immune system is the body’s natural defense mechanism. The function of this system is to prevent or reduce the occurrence of infection, which is accomplished through the coordinated function of the body’s immune cells. A number of factors can lead to the body’s strong immune system but most of it is purely based on what kind of food one eats regularly. It is important to plan your meals to always include fruits such as lemon, oranges, red pepper, mangoes, pineapple, avocado, Tamarindus indica, pawpaw, and guava among others.
This is due to the fact that fruits contain plenty of vital vitamins such as vitamin C, B, A, and folate (folic acid). And although Vitamin C is one of the biggest immune system boosters of all, these vitamins synergistically greatly boost the body immune system. The vitamins help the body to resist infections, keep the nerves healthy, help the body get energy from food, and help blood to clot properly.
In addition to fruits, ginger, garlic, vegetables and honey are some of the other foods that you ought to consume on a regular basis to prepare your body for a strong defense against pathogens. Ginger is known to be a strong antioxidant that has been shown to naturally boost the immune system. Therefore, upping the daily intake of antioxidant-rich foods and beverages like ginger may combat inflammation and keep the body immune system healthy. And just like ginger, garlic’s powers go well beyond making food taste delicious; it also stimulates the immune system and boosts the efficacy of white blood cells. In fact, garlic is endowed with compound allicin, which is vital in disease-fighting response of the white blood cells in the body especially against viruses; including those that cause flu.
Vegetables including broccoli, Amaranthus spp, Phaseolus vulgaris (Common beans), Vigna unguiculata (locally in Uganda called Ggobe (Luganda), Boo (Acholi), Eboo (Iteso), Omugobe (Runyankore-Rotooro), Nyele (Kakwa), Likote (Bugisu)) among others are the source of a chemical signal that is important to a fully functioning body immune system.
Besides the plants, honey is another excellent immune boosting food. In fact, honey’s antioxidant and antibacterial properties help improve the digestive system and boost the body’s immune system. Specifically, raw honey boosts the immune system and provides natural energy for the body and the phytonutrients in it have anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that can further help to boost the body immune system and fight sickness. Boost your body immunity, exercise more and stay strong!
NB: Information given in this article should not be used for self-medication purposes. Always consult a physician or herbalist before using any medicinal plant remedy for given health related conditions.
By Richard Komakech
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